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June 29, 2017 Leroy Vernon Ropp
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

1924 - 2017

Leroy Vernon Ropp, 92, of Kalona, Iowa died Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at his home at Country View in North Liberty. A celebration of life service was held at West Union Mennonite Church in rural Parnell on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Pastor Firman Gingerich officiated. Burial was in the West Union Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established for Care Initiatives Hospice and Bickford of Iowa City.

Leroy Ropp was born in rural Kalona on July 10, 1924, the son of Solomon C. and Vesta Ropp. He attended school at Kalona and Cosgrove. He served a year in CPS in Fort Collins, Colo. and Akron, Pa., working as a kitchen chef. On June 3, 1947, he was united in marriage to Edith Gnagey. He farmed the homestead where Edith grew up in rural Johnson County and also did carpentry work and sold Pacemaker Pole Buildings. In 1996, they retired to a new home in Kalona and enjoyed more time traveling, playing games, and spending their winters in Pharr, Texas with many friends.

Leroy is survived by two daughters: Ardith Hartzler of Wellman, Diana (Morris) Miller of Riverside; a son: Lamont (Luetta) Ropp of Wellman; three grandchildren: Shawna (Tim) Crile, Christian Miller and Elizabeth Miller; two great-grandsons: Tyler and Reece Crile; two step-grandsons: Mason and Dylan Brown; close family friends: Les and Marina, Isabelle and Vanessa Miller; and five siblings: Emil (Erma) Ropp, Cora (Levi) Miller, Morris (Norma) Ropp, Paul (Marlene) Ropp, and Norma (Harley) Nisly.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife: Edith in 2015; son: Glenn Merlin Ropp; daughter: Shirleen Ropp; son-in law: Turner Brown; and five siblings: Herman, John and Wesley Ropp, Anna Mae Miller and Cleora Yoder.

Yoder-Powell Funeral Home is caring for the family. www.powellfuneralhomes.com

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